(This is another lesson from Here a Little, There a Little, a compilation of Bible activities I created to use with my preschool children. It was designed to spend a week memorizing the verse and reinforcing it through Bible lessons and activities.)
(Structuring my life around what is eternal and cannot be destroyed or taken away)
God can never be taken away from you!!
Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 I command you be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1 God told Joshua he was to lead his people into the land that God had promised them. He told Joshua to be strong and not to be afraid. He said to go where He told him to but not to be afraid because He would go with him everywhere He told him to go. Joshua obeyed God and God kept His promise to Joshua to be with Him.
Daniel 3:12-26 The King Nebuchadnezzar told everyone to worship a statue rather than the one true God. Three men named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego loved God and said they would only worship and pray to Him. The king put them in a fiery furnace to kill them. But God was there; He didn’t let them burn. The king looked in the furnace and saw 4 men instead of 3 men in the furnace. It was Jesus in there with them! God is with you wherever you go!! (see picture above)
Exodus 3:1-12 One day Moses was watching his sheep and he saw a bush burning. When he went over to the bush, he heard God talking to him. God told Moses He wanted him to go help people because they were being treated badly. Moses was afraid to go, but God told him not to be concerned about going to talk to the mean king because He said, “Certainly, I will be with you.”
Jeremiah 1:1-10 God told Jeremiah that He had chosen him to be one of his preachers. Jeremiah said, “But God, I can’t speak for I am a child” But God told him, “Don’t be afraid for I will give you the words to say and I will be with you to help you out of any problem”
Matthew 1:23 Psalm 46:1 God loves us so much that He wants to help us in times of trouble. He wants to be with us all the time. He sent us Jesus to live with us here. Jesus has another name. He is called Emmanuel. Do you know what Emmanuel means? It means ‘God with us’! I’m so glad that God is with us wherever we go!!!
Prayer: Help us remember that You are always with us to keep us safe.
Activities for younger preschooler:
Talk about God being with him while in the bedroom, living room, etc. as you go from room to room
Make up a song with the verse to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” Here’s an example – God is With You Wherever You Go
Share the verse in a dark room
Share the verse outside in the sunshine or during a rain storm
Share verse in the car as you are traveling somewhere
Activities for older preschoolers:
Go outside at night and talk about God being with you in the day time and in the night time
Illustrate the Bible story from Daniel about the Fiery Furnace – make a fire out of red, orange, and yellow construction paper. Cut out 4 men. Put 3 in as you tell the story, then add the 4th at the end.
Go outside in the morning and talk about how God will always be with us just as the sun will always come up every morning. Draw a picture of the sun.
Paste pictures of different places he goes – write Bible verse on paper. (See picture on a related post). Everything you do this
week be sure to include the thought of the presence of God – as playing say, “God, I’m glad you are here with us.” As going to the grocery store say, “God, thank you that you are going with us to the store.”
Find pictures of children in other lands to color and talk about God is with them just as He is with
us here – Look at globe or maps and share verse
Three Good Men by Bill Gaither This is from the album Especially for Children of All Ages.
I have only found it in vinyl - Especially for Children…of all ages
God is With You Wherever You Go
Find these stories in a children’s Bible. If you don’t have one, check here or here for some good ones.
Arch Books has a book about many, many Bible stories. Begin building your library with these colorfully illustrated paperbacks:
Journey to the Promised Land: Exodus 15:23-Joshua 4:24 for children (PassAlong Arch books)
The Fiery Furnace